These are bare non-addressable 1 meter long RGB LED strips that come packed with 60 5060 LEDs per meter. As these are bare LED strips that have no protective coating, your project won't be water proof but there is access to each 5060 LED and each strip length can be easily modified. You will be able to control and power the whole LED RGB Strip together with 12V giving you cool lighting effects for your car or perhaps under cabinet lighting in your kitchen!
Note: These come in 1m segments on a reel. They are preterminated with wires, as shown in the pictures.
The closest Fritzing part related to this LED strip can be found here:
If you are looking at the details, the LED is flipped and IC is the 5060 package.
Apply +12V to the + pin and ground any of the colored wires to turn the LED color on. When using with a microcontroller, you would need an n-channel mosfet [ https://www.sparkfun.com/products/10213 ] to turn it on and off. The LED strips require a lot of power (especially the 5M strips) but worked well with a variable power supply set at 12V/1A. The LED strip does get warm to the touch when using.
If a board needs code or communicates somehow, you're going to need to know how to program or interface with it. The programming skill is all about communication and code.
Skill Level: Rookie - You will need a better fundamental understand of what code is, and how it works. You will be using beginner-level software and development tools like Arduino. You will be dealing directly with code, but numerous examples and libraries are available. Sensors or shields will communicate with serial or TTL.
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If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.
Skill Level: Competent - You will be required to reference a datasheet or schematic to know how to use a component. Your knowledge of a datasheet will only require basic features like power requirements, pinouts, or communications type. Also, you may need a power supply that?s greater than 12V or more than 1A worth of current.
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Used this for some desk lighting. When all three LEDs are driven at full it makes more of a green then a white, and I'd probably want to put some diffusion over it if I was using it in a general context. The strip doesn't have an adhesive backing, but it is almost the same size as a strip of double sided tape, so making the back adhesive isn't too difficult. I ordered two strips, and the LEDs on of of them seem to have broken, but that was likely more because I knocked into them or something, seeing as the worked when they arrived. Over all a great product, and I will probably use it again.